Flagstaff County’s premier event of the summer isn’t just taking root — it’s blossoming!

The third annual Country Roots Tour served up an enjoyable and informative celebration of the region’s food, farms and history on Friday, August 11, featuring visits to a high-tech dairy farm, a one-of-a-kind dandelion farm, a refurbished 101-year-old barn and Flagstaff’s two historic churches.

The special day culminated in a delicious long-table supper at the Forestburg Community Hall that drew 131 attendees in all.

On the Tour itself, 70 tourists got a taste of what our region has to offer and they all seemed to agree that it was a very worthwhile outing. In fact, 100% of those who filled out a comment card indicated that the Tour was good value for their money.

Tourists came from throughout Flagstaff County, as well as from places such as Edmonton, Lacombe County, Beaver County, Wainwright, Blackfalds, Bentley, Rosalind, Halkirk and Pine Lake.

Special thanks goes out to our caterers, the LRT Café for the afternoon sandwiches, Charlotte Stenson and Leanne Helmig of Cookin’ Cuzins for the evening meal and carrot cake, and Southbend Colony for supplying pies; our bus drivers Gunnar Albrecht and Gord Lunty; the Feddemas – John and Irene; the Zimmers – Duane and Vicky/Brad and Shauna; Doyle Badry, Ken and Betty Zimmer, and Dave and Louise Giedemann at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Historical Church; Shara-Lynn Weller and Marian Zimmer at Spring Lake St. Boniface Historical Church; Shawn Willms of the Norsemen Brewing Company; and heritage barn owners Mike and Janet Gartner and family.

The County’s Economic Development and Agricultural Services departments have already started planning tour spots for the 2018 Country Roots Tour. We hope you can attend!